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Legendary puppeteer Bob Baker dies, aged 90

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The legendary puppeteer Bob Baker has died at the age of 90.

Baker's puppets appeared in many Hollywood classics, including Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the 1954 version of A Star Is Born.

He owned the Bob Baker Marionette Theater - one of the world's oldest children's theater companies - in his hometown of Los Angeles. It launched in 1963 and was named a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument in 2009.

Baker, who apparently had an archive of more than 3,000 puppets, loved puppetry from the age of 5 when he saw a puppet show at a Downtown La department store.

He worked as an adviser to Disney and other studios, and was also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy.

In the late puppeteer's memory, donations can be made to preserve Bob Baker's legacy and purchase the building that houses the theatre. »


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Hugo Weaving on returning for Captain America 3: 'I've heard nothing'

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Hugo Weaving has expressed doubts about playing the villain Red Skull in Captain America: Civil War.

Weaving portrayed the power-mad Hydra founder in Captain America: The First Avenger, and allusions to the character have recently been made in the series Agents of Shield.

The actor told The Hollywood Reporter that he has "absolutely no idea" if directors Anthony and Joe Russo will invite him back for Civil War.

"I haven't talked to anyone about it, so yeah, we'll just have to wait and see," he said, adding: "No idea at all!"

Weaving downplayed the likelihood of returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in late 2012, saying: "It's not something I would want to do again.

"I'm glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn't want to force someone to do it, »


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Jurassic World director teases film's new "bigger than a T-Rex" dinosaur

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The director of the upcoming Jurassic World movie has teased the inclusion of a new dinosaur species.

Colin Trevorrow explained that the plot of the latest sequel is driven by the public's constant need for something bigger and better.

"There is no shortage of awesome [real] dinosaurs," he said in an interview with Empire magazine.

"We could have populated this entire story with new species that haven't been in any of these movies. But this new creation is what gave me a reason to tell another Jurassic Park story.

"We have the most awe-inspiring creatures to ever walk the Earth right in front of us, but for some reason that's not enough," Trevorrow added.

"We're always hungry for the next thing, and those who profit from it are always looking to feed that hunger.

"The focus groups want something bigger than a T-Rex. And that's what they get."

The director also »


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See Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's fashion show in Golden Globes promo

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler feature in the first advert for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

The gala will honour excellence in television and film at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 12.

Fey and Poehler are already preparing for the ceremony, with the first NBC teaser focusing on their bizarre fashion choices.

Poehler recently said that the 2015 gala will be her and Fey's final time hosting the Golden Globe Awards, after being signed to a two-year deal following their success in 2013.

"It's law of diminishing returns, which is why this is our last time," she explained. "Unless you want to be a perennial host, there's nowhere to go but down."

The duo are bidding farewell to the Golden Globe Awards, but are currently shooting the upcoming comedy film The Nest.

Fey and Poehler will play siblings who throw one final wild party in their parents' home in The Nest, »


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Disney is making Frozen 2, says Idina Menzel

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Disney is making a full-length sequel to Frozen, star Idina Menzel has said.

Menzel - who voiced lead character Elsa in the 2013 smash hit movie - seemingly let slip the news when asked about rumours of a follow-up film in addition to the animated short and stage musical.

How did Frozen become a phenomenon?

"They're all in the works," she told The Daily Telegraph.

"[I'm not going to be involved in] the stage show," she clarified. "I don't know what will happen with that - but the movie hopefully.

"We'll see," she added. "I'm just going along for the ride."

The 43-year-old Broadway star also admitted that she is still shocked when young fans of the film recognise her in the street.

"I remember some of those classic Disney songs from movies, and you knew the character but you didn't know the person behind the song. But this is different, this is weird," she said.

"I can't »


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Is Benedict Cumberbatch in the new Star Wars Force Awakens trailer?

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The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has landed and, unsurprisingly, everybody on the internet is losing it right now. Sword-sabers! The Millennium Falcon! Squeee!

However, one small, teeny, tiny detail in particular has sent even the most calm and rational fans of the Force into giddy overdrive. Two words: Benedict Cumberbatch.

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We're 99% certain that it isn't the Sherlock star doing the voiceover for the trailer. However, the deep, heavy-breathing vocals do have a slight resemblance to Cumberbatch's Smaug and even if there's a slight chance Cumberbatch is involved, even for the briefest of cameos, things are going to go a little bit crazy. Think Kim Kardashian's butt »


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Star Wars The Force Awakens: 7 talking points from the first trailer

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Everything we know so far about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - how fans reacted to the trailer

It's finally here! After days of hype, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted today to brighten up everybody's Black Friday.

It's a brief but glorious glimpse of what Jj Abrams and Disney have in store for next Christmas - consider us excited. Here's our look at some of the best bits from the teaser...

1. John Boyega is playing a Stormtrooper

This is a plot point that had long been rumoured, but the trailer's opening - an impressive wide shot followed by Boyega's appearance - has confirmed it. The rolling sand dunes signal a return to Tatooine, while the panic etched on Boyega's face seems to signal a crash landing. A call back to C-3Po and R2-D2's arrival at »


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Ferguson documentary Black Male Crisis in the works

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An investigative film documenting the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is in the works.

Black Male Crisis is being developed by filmmaker Amy Berg, actor Nate Parker and writer-director Matthew Cooke.

They announced the news via an Indiegogo funding page for the project, which has already reached $3,000 of its $25,000 target ahead of its January 5 deadline.

Rioting broke out in Ferguson earlier this week after a jury decided not to prosecute white police officer Darren Wilson over the shooting of black teenager Brown in August.

A post on the campaign site reads: "In response to the growing problem of racial disparity due to the ongoing dehumanisation of black men, actor and activist Nate Parker is setting out on a journey of investigation.

"He will venture into black communities to speak to various stakeholders about the crisis facing these men. Through the examination of specific cases, Nate »


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Rocky Horror Picture Show sequel Shock Treatment for stage adaptation

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show sequel Shock Treatment is to be adapted for theatre.

Creator Richard O'Brien has reworked the film for the stage ahead of a debut at London's King's Head Theatre in April, BBC News reports.

Filmed in 1981, Shock Treatment was a commercial flop that never gained a general release.

In focused around a sinister game show that imprisoned Rocky Horror characters Brad and Janet.

O'Brien said: "Shock Treatment has been waiting patiently in the wings for a stage premiere since the film was released in 1981.

"Just as Rocky began life upstairs at the Royal Court, it seems a perfect fit for Shock Treatment to start its stage life in the effervescent atmosphere of the astounding King's Head Theatre."

Watch a trailer for Shock Treatment below: »


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - how fans reacted to the trailer

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Movie fans around the world have finally been treated to the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

An 88-second teaser was unveiled today (November 28), ahead of the December 18, 2015 release for the long-awaited sequel to Return of the Jedi.

In the hours building up to the trailer's release, fans were giddy with excitement and getting impatient. While some were celebrating Thanksgiving and Black Friday, for others, there was only one thing to be planning their day around.

Sadly, things didn't go quite to plan when the internet crashed more than when Kim Kardashian presented her bottom, while others panicked over Quicktime issues.

Thankfully, as the trailer finally started working for everyone, the reaction was generally a positive one. Below is how the majority of us dealt with Star Wars Trailer Day.

Episode I: Anticipation

Right now a nerd is sat at Disney with his thumb over »


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Jennifer Lawrence to score UK Top 20 hit with Hunger Games Mockingjay song

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Jennifer Lawrence is on course to score a UK Top 20 hit this weekend.

'The Hanging Tree', performed by the actress in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, is at number 17 in today's (November 28) chart update.

The song was at number 27 in the Midweek Chart Update, but has enjoyed a sales increase over the last two days.

'The Hanging Tree' was composed by James Newton Howard for the film, while Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins penned the lyrics for the Mockingjay novel.

Director Francis Lawrence recently admitted that the actress was reduced to tears at the prospect of performing the track during filming.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has soared to number one at the UK box office following its release on November 20.

Watch the stars of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 discuss their favourite Katniss moments below: »


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Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer debuts: Return to a galaxy far, far away

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The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has premiered

The teaser's online debut coincides with its cinema screenings across the Us over Thanksgiving.

Everything we know so far about Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by Jj Abrams, will pick up the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

Original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew are returning, with John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Lupita Nyong'o among the new faces.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut in cinemas on December 18, 2015.

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Star Wars, Jurassic Park, more: 9 original trailers for classic movies »


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Elf: Stop motion animation spinoff of Will Ferrell movie coming to ITV

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An animated Elf special will air on ITV this Christmas.

The NBC-developed special is based on the Will Ferrell film, and will star The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons in the lead voice role.

Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas tells Buddy's brilliant and bizarre story as he searches for his father in New York.

This stop motion animation sees him spread Christmas cheer to everyone he meets.

2003 movie Elf starred Ferrell and James Caan as long-lost father and son.

Watch the trailer for Elf below: »


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Dad's Army: Pike actor Ian Lavender 'shocked' by Blake Harrison's scarf

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Dad's Army actor Ian Lavender has criticised the costuming of the forthcoming big-screen reboot of the classic sitcom.

Lavender, who played Private Pike on the show, has taken issue with the scarf worn by his counterpart Blake Harrison in the film version.

Lavender spotted the difference between the scarf he wore and the scarf now worn by Harrison while shooting a cameo on set.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Lavender said: "It looked like a banana split to me. I'm colour blind so I'm not sure what colours it was, but there was definitely a yellow in there.

"It certainly wasn't an Aston Villa scarf. I was deeply shocked."

He added: "I'm not sure why they changed it. I'm told it was already committed to film by the time I got there so there wasn't a lot I could do about it."

Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the cast of the forthcoming film. »


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#LukeForNewt: Fans campaign for In the Flesh star in Fantastic Beasts

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Jk Rowling will revisit the world of Harry Potter with new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and, according to producer David Heyman, the search to find Newton Scamander will begin early next year.

Fans already have their own ideas about who they'd like to see in the role of Rowling's Magizoologist and have started their own social media campaign championing an upcoming British actor for the part.

In the Flesh and Suspects star Luke Newberry is at the centre of the #LukeForNewt Twitter hashtag, which has spawned creative photoshop posters and vocal support for the 24-year-old.

Newberry is largely unknown to the wider filmgoing public, but that might not be much of a barrier. The original Harry Potter trio were unseen actors before being cast in Philosopher's Stone. Henry Cavill, like Newberry, was also a TV regular before landing the lead role in Man of Steel.

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Star Wars Episode 7: Mark Hamill predicted plot and release in 1983

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Mark Hamill 'predicted' the plot and release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens during a 1983 television interview.

During an interview on breakfast show TV-am, the actor revealed a discussion he had with George Lucas about reprising his role in a new film sometime "around 2011".

Hamill explained: "[George] said once, would I consider playing an Obi-Wan [Kenobi] type character handing Excalibur down to the next generation.

"At the time I said, 'When would that be?' and he said, 'Oh, around 2011'."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens picks up the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and introduces a new generation of characters.

The Jj Abrams film will debut its first teaser online later today (November 28).

Joining original franchise stars Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be new additions Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong'o. »


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Burt Reynolds sells film memorabilia to meet mortgage repayments

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Burt Reynolds is to auction off over 600 items of memorabilia to meet mortgage repayments on his Florida home.

The actor will sell hold the an auction at The Palms hotel in Las Vegas on December 11 and 12, The Guardian reports.

Items included in the sale include two Golden Globe awards and the red leather jacket that he wore in Smokey and the Bandit II.

The cowboy boots worn by Reynolds in Striptease are also to go on sale.

The actor has reportedly failed to make payments on his £700,000 mortgage since 2010, one of the three loans taken out on his home.

Writing in the auction catalogue, the actor said: "I've collected so many things that I truly adore, but at this stage in my life I find it very difficult to manage them all.

"The fact of the matter is that it truly is the time to downsize, and for these items »


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Paranormal Activity 5: The Ghost Dimension to be released in 3D

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Paranormal Activity 5: The Ghost Dimension will be released in 3D.

Gregory Plotkin's horror sequel will be released in cinemas on March 13, 2015.

Katie Featherston and Tyler Craig will star in the film, which is based on a screenplay by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark.

The Ghost Dimension will focus on a new family being haunted by a supernatural entity, with the plot expected to tie in to recent spin-off The Marked Ones.

Bloody Disgusting has suggested that the use of 3D will be used to differentiate between dimensions.

Earlier this year, the makers of Paranormal Activity revealed that they have a conclusion planned for the series.

"It was really when we were making the third film that things started to crystallise," Christopher Landon said.

"I had an endgame in mind which I had pitched to the group and they loved it. We've been working toward getting to this finish line. »


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How you know you're watching a Transformers movie

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Transformers: Age of Extinction is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.

Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to bring you a guide to one of Hollywood's biggest franchises. Here are the key ingredients to expect when you sit down to watch a robot blockbuster.

1. Explosive action scenes

When it comes to sheer spectacle and memorable set pieces, no film series manages to deliver bang for your buck quite like Transformers. There's even a name for this explosive style: "Bayhem" (after director Michael Bay).

After putting the planet in jeopardy in Armageddon, Bay's Transformers films have shown us some jaw-dropping interplanetary warfare between Autobots and Decepticons. Age of Extinction ups the ante even further with the introduction of Dinobot Grimlock, who at one point is ridden into battle across Hong Kong by a sword-wielding Optimus Prime.

2. Fast cars

There's nothing cooler than a car that shifts shape into a giant robot, »


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Star Wars, Jurassic Park, more: 9 original trailers for classic movies

27 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST

The huge level of hype surrounding movie trailers doesn't seem like it's going to subside anytime soon. "First looks" and teaser premieres seem to have more currency in film fandom than the actual movies themselves these days.

With the big unveiling of the Jurassic World teaser this week and the incoming promo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Digital Spy has decided to look back through the archives to see how the art of cutting a trailer has changed over the years.

1. Star Wars

"Somewhere in space... this may all be happening right now!" This opening voiceover doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "a galaxy far, far away", and without the John Williams score or polished sound mix it just doesn't really feel like Star Wars at all. Still, this first-ever trailer didn't put off audiences from seeing the finished film in the summer of 1977.

2. Jurassic Park »


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